Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2011 Honda CR-Z




I have to say, I am really excited about this car. I can't wait for it to come out.
Sure, with 112hp it won't really be a sports car.
But it could still be a lot of fun to drive.

A cool looking exterior, modern interior, 6 speed manual available, a hatch and yes, a glass panel roof.
And the whole think is expected to average over 40MPG.

A CRX for the 21st Century. Finally...

23 comments:

Fusion Sport said...

Ford won't have a 3 door Fiesta to compete with this in the US. Their loss and Honda's GAIN! It's funny that this part of the market has only one vehicle now. Every auto maker used to have tons....

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with how much it actually looks like an old CRX. Is this considered retro?
Also, I wonder how much it's gonna cost...I'm guessing 18K.

Anonymous said...

Wow. With this, the new Focus, the Fiesta and maybe even a small Buick, there are really good small cars available, almost! I really like the idea of a CRX type of car. 112hp won't tear up the pavement, but there is more to a fun driving car than horsepower.

Anonymous said...

This is going to be incredible.

Obviously their focus went to handling and MPGs.

Honda, my checkbook is waiting.

artandcolour said...

a great looking little car. it doesn't have the 'lightness' of design as the old CRX did, but no car does these days. i think it's fantastic that we'll have the choice of a tiny, yet desirable, eco-car like this again. as someone above said, small cars are really heating up in the good ol' US of A!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Perhaps Honda will get back on track and improve the design of the Accord, Crosstour, CRV, and Pilot as well. Up until now, I was convinced they really lost it, with the the Civic and Insight being the exception.

Anonymous said...

The IMA motor is 14hp (same as Insight) and total would be 128hp.
But 0-60mph according to brochure is about 9.4 sec so not quite as fast as some had expected.

Edmunds for some reason already lists this car for $23,300 (but they list 1.8l engine which is wrong so price probably is as well). Price will probably end up around $22K.

Anonymous said...

A 3 -door hatchback/sporty car.
Decent MPG/price.
Good.

Carbon said...

112 hp? Lucky if it hits 60 mph in under 10 sec. It better be fun to drive because it certainly will be no fun to be outrun by everything else on the road...

DarkKnight88 said...

Is this a two seater or a four? I don't think a two seater like the original CRX will make it in today's market.

Anonymous said...

the CRZ does nothing for me - looks cartoonish imho.
It's great other brands will offer alternatives.
btw
the Fiesta 3-door WILL be built in NA - could be easily be added to the U.S. lineup

Anonymous said...

Pretty much a zerox copy of the EV1 that GM made 20 years ago (but without any of the electric technology of the GM).

Anonymous said...

Horsepower != sports car.

Never has.

Anonymous said...

It's good that they kept to the spirit of the original CRX. 112hp isn't going to win any races, but it's not supposed to. It's just supposed to be a simple, fun, efficient little car and they seem to have recaptured that with this one.

DarkKnight88 said...

2 SEATER OR 4?! 2 SEATER OR 4?! 2 SEATER OR 4?!!! AGGGGHHH!

Vince Burlapp said...

The latest "almost production ready" concept was a 4 seater.
So I'm pretty sure this is as well.

Anonymous said...

As if that "+2" back seat will be remotely usable....please stop, people.

Also gotta love this attitude that Honda is somehow to the rescue of the automotive marketplace with every car they make. Wake me when they finally build a new Prelude.

BTW, you need more serious horses these days to counter the heft of all this safety equipment of today. Saving weight no longer matters.

Anonymous said...

I have to see it in person but I like it so far. The Crosstour is horrible, hurts my eyes, and I want it to be dead as soon as possible but this is nothing like that, this might be something I want.

Anonymous said...

The Insight does 0-60 in the 10 second range...this thing looks a lot lighter - and comes w/ a stick. I'm pretty sure the 0-60 will be a little brisker. However, if not - this thing will be a tuner dream. I like the look of it a lot!

Anonymous said...

I predict this thing will run 0-60 in the mid 8's which is quick enough.

Manufacturer times are always VERY conservative and can easily be bested by a novice driver.

"Anonymous said...
the CRZ does nothing for me - looks cartoonish imho.
It's great other brands will offer alternatives.
btw
the Fiesta 3-door WILL be built in NA - could be easily be added to the U.S. lineup

December 8, 2009 11:55 PM"

The 3 door wasn't modified to meet US crash regulations, therefore it couldn't be added "easily"

Nice try though.

Anonymous said...

I like everything... except... it Appears in the on photo, No Armrest(Vince had made mention of the lack of an armrest in the Fiesta, last week, iirc).
What gives these days, with these new hatchbacks? No armrest?
Why?
Not even as an option(?).
Our old 2001 Tiburon had one, and a 6-way seat adjust.
Our '05 tC has an armrest, and 6-way seat adjuster..why don't these new hatchbacks?

Just wondering?
Why can't a 6-way adjustable seat, or arm rest..be an option, even if dealership installed?

It seems like we're going back to the 1980's here... no arm rest... no 6 or 8 way seat adjustments available..no sunroof...etc...
it's irksome.

I really wanted one of these new hatchbacks... but HP is going backwards( the Tiburon had around 140HP, our tC has 2/4 L/160HP..and Scion/Toyota, is getting rid of it..why not a refresh/fwd?)....and now we have 112-119 HP cars/hatchbacks... all the size of subcompacts, with compact-to-midsized car prices(midsized car prices for Hyundai/Kia).

I give up. (Maybe it's a )Good thing we don't need a new car for at least 3 more years....

Anonymous said...

This is the ONLY remotely decent-looking car Honda has these days. (Or will have, when they eventually make it). Almost makes the cramped interior & continually increasing quality glitches worth putting up with.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
This is the ONLY remotely decent-looking car Honda has these days. (Or will have, when they eventually make it). Almost makes the cramped interior & continually increasing quality glitches worth putting up with.

December 10, 2009 4:53 PM"

Continuously increasing quality glitches?

I guess you don't have a CR subscription or know who JD Power is.

GTFO.